PATERSON, NJ - A lone gunman wearing a mask opened fire on a 25-year-old city man in the 4th Ward Tuesday night, wounding the victim three times in the chest, arm and leg, police said.

A second man, who was standing between the shooter and his apparent target, also was wounded when one of the bullets grazed his leg, police said. The incident happened at about 11:15 pm on Warren Street near E. 18th Street, police said.

Authorities have not yet determined a motive in the shooting, partly because they have not been able to interview the man who was wounded three time. Sgt. Patrick Murray, head of the Paterson Police Cease Fire unit, said the victim, a resident of Park Avenue, has been under sedation and is in stable condition at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

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Murray said police officers responding to the scene on reports of a shooting found the victim on the sidewalk. The man with the leg wound, a 27-year-old resident of E. 18th Street, walked up to the officers and told them he had been shot as well, police said.

The shooter apparently approached the corner on foot, walking from 9th Avenue, police said. He fled after firing three shots. Murray said it was unclear whether the man wounded in the leg was a bystander or was with the man who was shot three times.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information on the case contact the Cease Fire unit at 973-321-1342.